Friday, December 06, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends


Baseball is a game of peaks and valleys.

Above is a 1949 AP wirephoto (eBay auction link) that celebrates the efforts of a little known reliever named Jack Banta. On this day, he would lead the Dodgers to a pennant clinching victory on the last day of the season, but just a few days back he lost a game in spectacular fashion. Such are the trials of the game. Per the descriptor on the photo:
Philadelphia, Oct. 3--VICTORY SMILES--Brooklyn Dodger Manager Burt Shotton (right) hugs Jack Banta, rookie right hander, after the latter had pitched four and a third innings of relief to give the Dodgers a 9 to 7 ten-inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and the National League pennant, yesterday.  Banta's was a "goat last week, a hero this week" role.  Seven days earlier, he relieved also against the Phillies, gave up four runs and lost the ball game.
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  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1960 actor Gene Autry is awarded an American League Los Angeles franchise that would be known as the Angels -- using a team name that once played in the PCL in Los Angeles and was subsequently purchased by O'Malley when he moved the Dodgers West. In 1973 the Dodgers traded Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn. Wynn would go on to have a stellar year the following season in Los Angeles. He slashed .271/.387/.497/.884 with 32 homers and 108 RBI's, and would come in fifth place in MVP voting. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Jason SchmidtIn 2007 signed free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.
  • Happy Birthday, Tony LazzeriTommy Brown & Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis!

Thursday, December 05, 2019

REA has a Bunch of Dodger Collectibles


Robert Edwards Auctions current 2019 Fall Auction is just days away from closing, so I figured I should take a moment to point out some of my favorite Dodgers memorabilia in it.

At the very top is a Roy Campanella worn warm-up Dodgers jacket, dated to the 1953 season -- the year he won his second MVP award (Auction Link). It was originally attained at a 1986 charity auction held by the Dodgers 65 Roses Club. For those who don't know, this charity focuses on cystic fibrosis.

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Dodger Prospects Gavin Lux and Jacob Amaya

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any), as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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Two Dodger prospects will be signing autographs for fans this coming Saturday, December 7th, at the Sports Authentics USA store at the Puente Hills Mall. Star infield prospects Gavin Lux and Jacob Amaya will be there. Go here or here for more information. Per a note on their facebook page: "Today (Thursday) is the last day that you can purchase advance tickets at our website SportsAuthenticsUSA.org . Additional tickets will be available for sale at our store day of event ...until we sell out."

Jacob Amaya from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Gavin Lux from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Sports Authentics USA
(626)581-2016
Puent Hills Mall
1600 South Azusa Avenue, Suite 518
City of Industry, CA, 91748

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2019 Bowman Chrome X Baseball - The Dodger Cards


I believe this product is destined for failure -- the same way eTopps eventually failed several years back. Featured here is a brand new product from Topps called '2019 Bowman Chrome X Baseball', and it is being sold as a sort-of investment grade product. Basically, boxes and cases were offered in a kind-of IPO (Initial Public Offering) setting, then a clearing price would be set and collectors would own that product. BTW, these cards were only offered through Topps partner, StockX. You may know that company as a big player in the sale of vintage, used and new sneakers. Apparently, they've branched out to also sell memorabilia and collectibles on their stock market-like website.

The boxes sold at the original strike price of $50 each and five-box cases initial sold at $300. Also, initial buyers had the option of having the cards shipped to them or kept within the StockX coffers for future trading on their website. Currently, a box has a current "ask" and "bid" of $84 and $74, respectively. Cases are at $499 and $405, respectively. Go here to learn more about these cards at StockX. You can check out a complete checklist here.

Only two Dodger prospects are available here -- pitcher Mitchell White and catcher Keibert Ruiz. Check them both out below.

On a side note, I've compared this brand to an older Topps product launched in 2000 called eTopps. As you may know, eTopps provided a similar real-time online marketplace through eBay. Individual cards, rather than unopened boxes, were sold through an IPO process, and could either be shipped to you or kept at Topps for future trading on eBay. Individual card sales lasted through early-2012, and a total of 2,974 unique eTopps cards were produced. Additionally, a total of 3,986,192 cards were printed. You can still check out the eTopps website here (it still exist).

Prospects Green X-Fractor

#BCP-172 Mitchell White       #BCP-235 Keibert Ruiz

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2019 Topps On-Demand Set #21 -- Reflection Baseball -- All the Dodger Cards

Here's a look at another On-Demand set that recently hit the market. It is called Reflection Baseball, and it was billed as a set, "built by fans and collectors for fans and collectors." Apparently, Topps had polled collectors and this set is the result. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

There are 50 cards in the base set and two Dodgers are represented there -- Cody Bellinger and Sandy Koufax.

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#7 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 12/5/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends


Above is a 1950's era New York Herald Tribune press photograph featuring Carl Furillo rounding thirdbase, presumably after hitting a home run (eBay auction link). He is greeted by coach Walter Alston. Unfortunately, an exact date of the photo is unknown. It was originally taken by staff photographer Jack Frank.

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